Thelma Adams

Thelma Adams
Tomatometer-approved critic

Movie Reviews Only

T-Meter Title | Year
4/5 48% The Highwaymen (2019) Age hasn't dimmed Costner's leading-man charisma. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 15, 2019
3/5 95% Gloria Bell (2019) Moore channels her inner awkwardness and vulnerability. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 7, 2019
4/5 78% Everybody Knows (Todos lo saben) (2019) The movie's chief delights are the Cruz-Bardem pairing and Farhadi's generosity toward all the characters as he veers from joy to terror. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 8, 2019
3/5 37% Glass (2019) Is the Glass half-empty or half-full? Just let it break, suspend disbelief and let the M. Night rise with three actors who always entertain. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 17, 2019
3/5 13% The Aspern Papers (2019) The drama features opulent production design (the floral arrangements!), providing ample eye candy for fans of period movies. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
41% The Upside (2019) Hart seems to be desperately underwater for most of the movie. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 10, 2019
60% War on Everyone (2017) The opening sequences of War on Everyone are so furiously fast and funny it's nearly unimaginable that McDonagh can sustain the pace. And yet he does. - Vanity Fair EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 9, 2019
5/5 96% Roma (2018) Cuarón has made his most personal film and his most universal, a modern masterpiece. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 26, 2018
4/5 98% Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018) The sophisticated story coscripted by Nicole Holofcener... merits the Oscar nomination it is likely to get for best adapted screenplay. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Oct 18, 2018
4/5 92% The Old Man & the Gun (2018) Avoids the forced tension of many heist movies. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 27, 2018
3/5 89% Love, Gilda (2018) It leaves us hungry for more coherence, but shows a talent that shines in the pantheon with Lucille Ball, Carole Burnett and Kate McKinnon. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
4/5 88% Colette (2018) A heart-lifting feast for the eyes. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 20, 2018
3/5 58% White Boy Rick (2018) Great central performances and vivid set pieces. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Sep 13, 2018
4/5 48% Destination Wedding (2018) The low-key cross between Sideways and Before Sunrise proves to be a fine fit for Reeves and Ryder, who display their combustible love-hate chemistry from the meet-cute -- and get lots of laughs out of their com. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 31, 2018
5/5 97% Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018) For fans of nonstop jaw-dropping stunts, this epic is bliss. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 26, 2018
4/5 81% Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018) What delights is the movie's decidedly multigenerational stance. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 19, 2018
3/5 76% Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot (2018) It's not Van Sant's most tightly crafted story, but it's a compassionate saga of the Sisyphean task of sobriety. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 13, 2018
2/4 37% I Love You, Daddy (2017) It's like seeing a canary in a coal mine, Exhibit A for what's twisted in Hollywood culture and, in that regard, may be worth examining. - RealClearLife EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 20, 2017
4/5 57% LBJ (2017) Harrelson and Reiner have succeeded in creating the rare mature Hollywood political movie, exploring those qualities that make an effective president in his own era and those that come to define his legacy over decades. - AARP Movies for Grownups EDIT
Read More | Posted Nov 2, 2017
2/4 51% The Glass Castle (2017) There are heart-tugging moments in The Glass Castle, but Walls's bestselling memoir needed to be roughed up and aired out. For it to match up to the book, the movie needed the glass to be smashed, not every shard treasured. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 14, 2017
3/4 83% Detroit (2017) Reteaming Bigelow and Boal, Detroit lacks the clarity of their previous collaborations but the ambitious period drama maintains their power to disturb, and question what it is to be an American. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 4, 2017
3.5/4 78% Atomic Blonde (2017) Can a woman step into James Bond's shoes? Duh, says Charlize Theron as she performs the cold-as-ice secret agent shtick backwards, and in red patent-leather stilettos, in the engaging spy-vs-spy thriller Atomic Blonde. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 29, 2017
2.5/4 49% Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017) A ripe visual adventure of limitless imagination hamstrung by an undercooked plot propelled by lackluster heroes. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 21, 2017
3.5/4 89% The Midwife (Sage femme) (2017) Catherine Deneuve is a force of nature, open and undone, working in the open-a-vein honesty of Gena Rowlands in A Woman under the Influence or Gloria. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
1/4 20% Wish Upon (2017) A bland B-movie that begs the question: How did this get made when so many good films never escape development purgatory? - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 14, 2017
3.5/4 98% City of Ghosts (2017) City of Ghosts gains its power from highlighting the rape of Raqqa as told by ordinary men who risked everything to share this news story. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jul 7, 2017
3.5/4 93% Baby Driver (2017) Edgar Wright's crackling crime caper rises to the top of this summer's most entertaining movies. It satisfies my need for speed, baby. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 28, 2017
4/4 89% Maudie (2017) Aisling Walsh's shimmering drama hands Sally Hawkins an Oscar-worthy role in an emotional and inspirational biopic about art, love and this cruel beautiful world of ours. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1.5/4 44% Rough Night (2017) Formulaic feminism makes for a rough watch in this chick retread of The Hangover. For this we got liberated? - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 16, 2017
1.5/4 15% The Mummy (2017) You only have to watch the trailer to know that Producer-Director Alex Kurtzman's reboot of Brendan Fraser's once-charming mummy movies is full of embalming fluid. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
2/4 86% Megan Leavey (2017) With a female-directed, female-driven film this small, criticizing it feels like beating a baby seal. While well intentioned, the human-and-dog interest story lacks narrative drive and star Kate Mara is a limp noodle. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 9, 2017
3/4 93% Wonder Woman (2017) Wonder Woman embraces issues of female power and the need to turn from hate to love, war to peace in a mainstream delivery system. And the female lead is not solely a mother, sister, girlfriend or hooker, however gold her heart: wonder of wonders! - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jun 2, 2017
2.5/4 66% Alien: Covenant (2017) Peel away the big budget genre film's veneer of Western Civ for Dummies (Michelangelo, Wagner, Byron and Shelley) and what you have is rather conventional Lego blocks of sci-fi horror. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 19, 2017
3/4 93% Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe (2017) This slender yet dense biopic deserves praise for how it reanimates the author, not what it inevitably leaves out; it's so difficult to capture and condense the past in all its flickering iridescence as Zweig once did. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 12, 2017
3.5/4 83% Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) The reunion of the Guardians cements Pratt's mega-stardom. He has a shaggy young Kurt Russell vibe (think Big Trouble in Little China,). And Russell himself is a great addition to the ensemble, providing a dose of kick-back, kick-ass action - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
2.5/4 45% The Dinner (2017) Coogan's dramatic performance is unmatched: raw, intense, satiric, self-immolating. There is not a moment when he is not being frighteningly honest, searching out the mortifying nooks and crannies of his often petty character and exposing them. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted May 5, 2017
3/4 15% The Circle (2017) Director Ponsoldt excels directing women (think Mary Elizabeth Winstead in Smash). The Circle is a female-driven story set in a male-dominated industry with Emma Watson presenting a layered performance in a believable American vernacular. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 28, 2017
2/4 43% Ghost in the Shell (2017) What's missing, besides narrative drive, is the existential angst at the anime's heart: the titular ghost in the shell is the soul, the humanity, resident in the surviving human brain planted in an electric Barbie Doll. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 31, 2017
4/4 91% Raw (2017) Julia Ducournau's good girl coming-of-rage story succeeds as a raw portrait of a complicated, contradictory fully-realized contemporary young woman that invokes early Cronenberg body horror. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 10, 2017
3.5/4 98% Get Out (2017) Following Oscar's pomp and self-importance, viewing Jordan Peele's fiercely entertaining thriller offers the perfect awards hangover cure. Audiences leave the theater shaken and stirred. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 27, 2017
2/5 7% Rings (2017) In the end Rings didn't make me want to drink Drano. It had enough distractions but that's a low bar for a horror movie that includes D'Onofrio and Galecki, who could run rings around the rest of the cast given better material. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 3, 2017
2/4 37% Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) Jovovich has found her niche as the Brunhilde of movies, the shield maiden, the strong and vigilant Valkyrie who doesn't need a man to save the world until the next apocalypse. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
3/4 96% The Salesman (Forushande) (2017) The moment the bearded leading man states his luck is about to turn, the audience realizes NO, IT'S NOT. It's the intellectual foreign-language equivalent of the horror trope: don't open that door! And, yet, open it he must... - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 27, 2017
93% The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017) The Red Turtle succeeds as both a sumptuous story of humanity's potential for unity with nature and an example of the unique human capacity for understanding through art. - Observer EDIT
Read More | Posted Jan 23, 2017
3/4 44% Hands of Stone (2016) To watch Ramirez and DeNiro spar in the boxing biopic Hands of Stone -- the story of Panamanian fighter Roberto Duran and his aging American trainer Ray Arcel -- is to revel in two nimble performers striking with power and clarity. - ZEALnyc EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 23, 2016
2/4 87% Florence Foster Jenkins (2016) The material could have used a full-out comedic plot in the P. G. Wodehouse vein or something slyly sophisticated like Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel. Instead it gets lost in the shallows -- along with Streep's Oscar chances. - ZEALnyc EDIT
Read More | Posted Aug 11, 2016
3.5/4 96% Weiner (2016) "Weiner" emerges as the political film for this election cycle, the tragicomedy we deserve. - ZEALnyc EDIT
Read More | Posted May 6, 2016
2.5/4 30% Criminal (2016) Orange is the new black for Kevin Costner in Ariel Vroman's crazy sci-fi espionage actioner, a star vehicle that fast and furiously leaps from action set piece to action set piece in an obvious effort to avoid the giant plot holes imperiling the story. - ZEALnyc EDIT
Read More | Posted Apr 15, 2016
2/4 67% Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) Fey's female-driven comedy, written and directed by men, follows the tradition perfected by Evelyn Waugh in his 1938 novel Scoop. While his fish outta water story is hysterically funny and enduring; the forgettable WTF only delivers an occasional chuckle. - ZEALnyc EDIT
Read More | Posted Mar 2, 2016
4/4 86% Hail, Caesar! (2016) Joyous chaos is what the Coen Brothers harness in their generous-spirited wet kiss to the industry they continue to master and remake. Bliss! - ZEALnyc EDIT
Read More | Posted Feb 5, 2016